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Lepidoptera is the study of butterflies and moths.

Worldwide there are over 160,000 recorded species of moths but only 17,500 species of butterflies. Butterflies and moths are the only insects with scales covering their wings. They also differ from other insects by their ability to coil up their feeding tube (proboscis). Moths can be distinguished from butterflies by their antennae which are threadlike while in contrast butterflies have club-tipped antennae.

Opposite to the daylight habit of butterflies, moths fly during the night to gather nectar from flowers. Some moths do however fly during daylight and many are brightly coloured. Depicted in the arrangement are the following butterflies - Brimstone, Orange Tip, Small Heath (blue), Comma, Red Admiral and Pale Clouded Yellow. The moths depicted are - Fox Moth, Small Emerald, Lappet Moth, Brimstone and Vapourer Moth.

Arranger: Ann Ella

Question 1: Bombyx Mori is a domesticated moth. The lava or caterpillar of this moth are bred commercially to produce which luxury fabric?


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